Monsildale, Queensland

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Comments (17)

EVA_L on July 22, 2009

YS! Charming image, dear Yan!

Best wishes. Eva

jeff_msn123 on July 22, 2009

The horse on the left is skinny. Eat more grass

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on July 22, 2009

Eva and Jeff:

Dear Eva,

Perhaps there is a little bit of Kozakh in your heart! Once were the days when the horses gallopped across the plains of Ukraine. Thanks very much for your sharing your delight in this image, my friend.

These were the hills where my grandfather had a horse team that hauled the large logs from the forests to the sawmill in the valley. This was where my father first rode a horse, as a 4 year old. These days are long gone but the hills are alive with the evidence of that history, for the ruins of the past can still be found, the horses and cattle still graze the lower slopes, and the sun still doesn't rise above the eastern range until 10am on a mid winter's frosty morning.


Dear Jeff,

I am sure he has all the grass he needs, but when a horse ages his age begins to show, and here in the paddock where he grazes no longer needed his coat is never groomed. But a good comb would almost bring him back to his former glorious self! He would have run well at Happy Valley, once!!

Cheers, Ian

Ranssom on July 23, 2009

Hello Ian, I see that you have the chance to take photos of very beautiful creatures. I don't Know much about horses, but they always were my favourite animals.

Greetings from Greece, Dimitris

Ian Stehbens on July 24, 2009

It is lovely to hear from you Dimitris. Horses have certainly endeared themselves to many on the one hand and made a huge contribution to the history of the world on the other hand. I certainly enjoy times when I am able to return to the rural scenes that I knew so well when young.

Best regards,


Ghiocela on July 24, 2009

I like warm light.. in this photo ...!Very nice shot, Ian! Best wishes, Simona

♫ Swissmay on July 24, 2009

Horses are such beautiful animals and you composed them so well in this group of trees, Ian. Simply lovely!

Best regards, May

Ian Stehbens on July 24, 2009

Dear May and Simona,

It is really special to communicate with you both in this visual way, sharing my world with you, and you with me. Though many others of our network will view this, it always seems so directly personal when each person comments after viewing it. So I do appreciate your comments and your delight, and I reciprocate my warmest and best wishes to you both.

Ian (in Tonga)

Theolfa on July 30, 2009

I like the way you used the sunlight to add a 3dimesional effect to those beautiful horses, Ian, and the low viewpoint to give them stature. Well pictured. Theolfa

Nick Weall on July 30, 2009

I find that this is a lovely composition Ian it is a great piece of work. My Mother's ancestors were timber merchants in Melbourne owning quite a few saw mills out of town. I hope that your stay in Tonga is going well and most friendly greetings to you ~ Ciao nick

Argenna on July 31, 2009

Excellent , I like so much!

Greetings , Argenna.

Ian Stehbens on August 2, 2009

Theolfa, Nick, Argenna:

Thank you Theolfa for your affirming comment. It is always special to be out in the late afternoon light with the camera. Not only the glow of golden colour but the side lighting is great tot work with. Thanks.

Nick, I would be very interested to know more of your Australian heritage, especially its geography. Thanks for the complement on the image too. As for Tonga, I am busy but have found some great occasions for photography and have managed to come up with some wonderful images, which will be shared with the network soon....provided there is no tsunami, or earthquake to take precedence! Today in the Kingdom it is the official King's Birthday public holiday. Long Live King George V!!

Your response and comments are very much appreciated, Argenna. Thanks for exploring my gallery. Best wishes.

Ian on August 3, 2009

Very good composition my friend Ian, I love free horses, your shot has so beautiful colours and light, congratulations! Greetings from Uruguay, Teresa

Ian Stehbens on August 6, 2009

Very warm greetings to Uruguay, Teresa!

Besides football and tennis, horses and the cattle on the plains are other things our two nations have in common, Teresa. I am pleased that you have enjoyed this moment with them.


bluenose11 on November 3, 2009

Hi Ian Stehbens, Well captured,these horse were beautiful.

Greetings from Toronto


Ian Stehbens on November 4, 2009

If you are in Toronto, Anna, maybe you don't get to ride a horse, often? But they appeal to you.

Thanks for your visit and affirmative comment.


bluenose11 on November 4, 2009

Hi Ian Stehbens, Yes,I am in the big city and get out to the country side during the summer time. I love horse back riding but it is very expensive here.I would like to go to Sable Island some day to see all the wild horses. You are so luck to be in the Tonga Island, enjoy it

Anna In Toronto

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